MASON CITY – The Mason City girls swimming team may not be loaded with athletes who hold any of the top spots in the most recent power rankings.
What the Mohawks have become this season, however, is a high-quality team with the depth to compete in dual meets.
Mason City closed out its dual season with Senior Night on Tuesday, and the Mohawks did as they have done for most of the season, coming away with a 53-48 victory over Fort Dodge.
“We are going to reiterate the word 'Team,'” Mohawks coach Steve Hugo said. “I believe we were 6-2 in dual meets this year.”
As with nearly every meet this season, Mason City started in a 7-0 hole in the team scoring since the Mohawks did not field any divers.
What that meant was that Mason City had to have remarkable success in the swimming events, and this is where the Mohawks' depth took over.
Mason City swimmers took two of the top three places in all but one of the swimming events, including all three relays.
The Mohawks got the evening off to a solid start with a 1-3 finish in the 200 medley relay as the quartet of Paige Braun, Madison Braun, Kate Edgerton and Marley Hagerty took first in 1:58.70.
Dodger swimmers won the next two events, but the Mohawks were able to offset those victories with second- and third-place finishes in both events.
The big key for Mason City was at the 50 freestyle.
Paige Braun swam a season-best time of 26.28 to win the event while Nia Litterer took second in 27.36.
Thea Lunning – one of five Mohawk seniors honored during the meet – took first in the 100 butterfly with Litterer coming in third in the event.
The Mohawks' 200 freestyle team of Litterer, Hagerty and the Brauns then won a close race to all but seal the win.
“I was hoping we could win one relay,” Hugo said.
Other Mohawk seniors who were appearing at home for the final time were Kennedy Dusheck, Mattie Krause, Morgan Lupkes and Marissa Pope.
With the end of the dual season, the Mohawks will begin the reduced practice regimen that serves as a prelude to the regional meet on October 27.
Mason City will first appear in the conference meet at Southeast Polk on Oct. 18.